(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to keep, maintain or have in his or her possession or under his or her control within the city any poisonous reptile or any other dangerous wild animals or reptile, any vicious or dangerous animal or any other animal or reptile of wild, vicious or dangerous propensities.

(b)   It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, maintain or have in his or her possession or under his or her control within the city any of the following animals:

(1)   All poisonous animals including rear-fang snakes.

(2)   Apes: Chimpanzees; gibbons; gorillas, orangutans; and siamangs.

(3)   Baboons.

(4)   Badgers.

(5)   Bears.

(6)   Bison.

(7)   Bobcats.

(8)   Cheetahs.

(9)   Crocodilians.

(10) Constrictor snakes, six feet in length or more.

(11) Coyotes.

(12) Deer; includes all members of the deer family, for example, white-tailed deer, elk, antelope and moose.

(13) Elephants.

(14) Game cocks and other fighting birds.

(15) Hippopotami.

(16) Hyenas.

(17) Jaguars.

(18) Leopards.

(19) Lions.

(20) Lynxes.

(21) Monkeys.

(22) Ostriches.

(23) Pumas; also known as cougars, mountain lions and panthers.

(24) Raccoons.

(25) Rhinoceroses.

(26) Skunks.

(27) Tigers.

(28) Wolves.

(c)   The prohibitions of this section shall not apply to bona fide pet shops, zoos, circuses, carnivals, educational institutions, or medical institutions, if:

(1)   Their location conforms to the provisions of the zoning ordinance of the city.

(2)   All animals and animal quarters are kept in a clean and sanitary condition and so maintained as to eliminate objectionable odors.

(3)   Animals are maintained in quarters so constructed as to prevent their escape.

(Ord. 420, Sec. 1; Code 2003)

(a)   Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain any hog pens or hogs or swine within the corporate limits of the city.

(b)   Registered purebred miniature Vietnamese potbellied pigs and other similar registered purebred miniature pigs may be kept within the city limits, subject to the conditions stated in subsections (c) and (d).

(c)   It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain a registered purebred miniature pig which:

(1)   Weighs more than 80 pounds;

(2)   Is not spayed or neutered upon reaching maturity;

(3)   Has not undergone a blood test to show the animal is free from pseudo rabies; or

(4)   Is maintained as food source.

(d)   It shall be unlawful for any person to:

(1)   Keep a registered purebred miniature pig without current license registration; or

(2)   Maintain more than one registered purebred miniature pig at one licensed premises.

(e)   The provisions of Article 2 governing dogs and cats shall also apply to the keeping of registered purebred miniature pigs in the city, except for sections 2-207:208.

(Code 1994)

(a)   It is the intent to enable residents to keep a small number of rabbits and female chickens on a non-commercial basis while limiting the potential adverse impacts on the surrounding neighborhood.

(b)   The following standards and requirements will ensure that domesticated rabbits and chickens will not adversely impact neighborhoods surrounding the property on which these animals are kept and will be beneficial to the public health, safety and welfare and is in the public interest.

(1)   The combined maximum number of rabbits and chickens allowed is four (4) per household.

(2)   It shall be unlawful to permit or allow any domesticated chickens and/or rabbits to run at large within the corporate limits of the city.

(3)   No roosters shall be allowed.

(4)   There shall be no outside slaughtering of birds.

(5)   If a chicken or rabbit dies, it must be disposed of promptly in a sanitary manner.

(6)   Rabbits and chickens must be kept in an enclosure or fenced area at all times. Rabbits and chickens shall be secured within their hutch/coop during non-daylight hours.

(7)   Enclosures must be clean, dry, and odor free, kept in a neat and sanitary condition at all times, in a manner that will not disturb the use or enjoyment of neighboring lots due to noise, odor or other adverse impact.

(8)   The hutch/coop must provide adequate ventilation and adequate sun and shade and must be impermeable to rodents, wild birds, and predators, including dogs and cats. It shall be designed to provide a safe and healthy living condition while minimizing adverse impacts to other residents in the neighborhood.

(9)   The structure shall be well maintained and shall not exceed 200 square feet in size.

(10) The hutch/coop/run/structure shall not be placed in the front yard and shall be a minimum of ten (10) feet from all other property lines.

(11) Odors from rabbits, chickens, manure, or other animal related substances shall not be perceptible at the property boundaries.

(12) Enclosures must be kept in a neat and sanitary condition at all times, and must be cleaned on a regular basis so as to prevent offensive odors.

(c)   Violations of this section shall be punishable by a fine of up to $500.00 may be imposed. Each day the violation continues will be treated as a separate offense. In addition to the penalty, any violation of the provisions in this section shall be grounds for an order from the City of Rose Hill to remove the rabbits or chickens and the related structure(s).

(Ord. 587; Code 2017)